Meet the Team representing India in NASA’s competition

The pride of our country has reached another height with students from Mukesh Patel School of Technology, NMIMS competing in NASA’s international ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) competition. A team of 13 students has been formed from the engineering college who are set to represent not just their college but the country as well. The team comprises of nine boys and four girls for this sought-after competition at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Texas, USA. It has been touted as their third visit to this space research center. As around seventy teams across the globe are participating this time in the competition, it is said that the remuneration involved is higher than ever.

For all who are curious to know what this task necessitates, these students are assigned the job of building and creating a model which will not only work underwater but also survive in space. The theme has been deliberately chosen to correspond with NASA’s mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The model is also said to have gone there last year however; this time, there would not only be alterations involved: the model would be revamped entirely and in the entire process the cost might come up to an approximately a thousand dollars.

The features of the robot are such that it can stay above and under the water. There are two cameras fitted and a robotic arm that would help in collecting samples. The robot, named as ‘spyder’ took around five months and has the capacity of surviving not just in water but in space too. While many heads have gone into creating this design, the technical head and the team leader threw more light on the hard work everybody contributed to this project. Vijayender Joshi, the technical head, said, “We were finally able to meet the deadlines by staying up late in the night at the workshop with the team. We were also able to design an elegant chassis and custom electronics. The USP of the ROV this year is its weight, which at 15 kg is a huge leap from the 30 kg one we built last year.”

Many first timers also shared their experiences of working in the project. For many, it was a huge help in the realm of practical knowledge. For the rest, it was the first expedition to the United States, thereby, adding more to the excitement of this project.

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